ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. (WNCN)—Two men were arrested and charged after robbing a Roanoke Rapids convenience store on Wednesday, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office said.
The arrests were said to be largely thanks to a calm store associate, a K-9 and the quick thinking of deputies.
It was just after midnight on Wednesday at the Speedway Convenience Store near Thelma and Boiling Roads when two men—James Moody, 18, of Enfield and Jaquarious Williams, 23, of Roanoke Rapids—went into the store with a gun and demanded money, deputies said.
One deputy, Ethan Johnson, said he was able to obtain useful suspect information from the store associate to communicate to other deputies responding to the scene.
On arrival, deputies said they saw two individuals standing near a black Nissan partially parked on Thelma Road. When the pair she the deputy pull up, they took off toward the woods, a release said.
The Roanoke Rapids police joined in the search for the two suspects alongside the sheriff’s office. The key to finding the two was a K-9 of the sheriff’s office named Duri and the handler, Corp. R. Chin.
The sheriff’s office said Duri “tracked straight to the suspects who were hiding in the woods near Wood Store Rd.
Further, Duri was also able to successfully locate the cash register drawer with all of the money accounted for, the sheriff’s office said.
Following the arrests, Lt. Harold Phillips said, “The store associate was very calm and helpful, and did an excellent job providing quick and detailed information to Deputy Johnson.” He also commended law enforcement, saying, “our deputies and the officers from Roanoke Rapids did an outstanding job working together to quickly capture these violent suspects with no incident.”
Moody and Williams were taken into custody at the Halifax County Detention Center and both received $75,000 bonds.
A court date for Moody and Williams is currently set for Oct. 27.